Taraz VC beat Al-Rayyan Sports Club in a thrilling tie-breaker to set off the 2022 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship in Tehran, Iran, on the right foot.
Kazakhstan’s Taraz made a comeback to overcome Qatari giants Al-Rayyan in Pool B’s hard-fought 5-set thriller in Tehran, winning their opening match in the 2022 Asian Men’s Club Championship. Taraz, a club without any famous names on the roster commanded by Boris Grebennikov, Russian expert and father of one of the world’s best liberos Jénia Grebennikov, thus made a big upset.
In the same pool, Iran’s M. Shahdab Yazd swept Iraq’s Erbil Sport Club even though they didn’t fully rely on their foreign star players. For instance, Canadian John Gordon Perrin played only one set due to tiredness after just finishing the Russian Superliga finals with Lokomotiv, while Cuban Robertlandy Simón’s arrival in Tehran is expected tomorrow.
Another Iranian-Iraqi duel in Round 1 went in the favor of Iran’s side. The hosts Paykan Tehran got their campaign off to a flying start with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-14) win over South Gas Sports Club in Pool A. Star-studded Paykan frustrated rival’s defense with various attacking strategies created by Saeid Marouf which involved French Earvin Ngapeth and Dutch Nimir Abdel-Aziz.
The Suntory Sunbirds of Japan didn’t have major problems surpassing Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima Qminc VC in the same pool: 3-0.
2022 Asian Men’s Club Championship – group stage, Round 1: